Recently, when I hosted a party on a yacht, accompanied with poetry readings and single malts, I found my guests enthralled with the evening. As the Gateway of India receded in the background, guests seemed relaxed as they enjoyed the Shakespeare recital, or were simply happy to hear the sound of sea. If you were to ask me, any day I’d opt for this party option — away from the noise and flurry that constitutes Mumbai. In my opinion, to sail away is nearly symbolic of leaving behind all the responsibility and the rush of city life.
Yacht parties are also more intimate — the ones I’ve attended have carefully curated guest lists. Entertainment and food often play an important role and, I’ve witnessed international performers and even roulette tables at the parties I’ve attended. Food is always the talking point with flambés, cheese, wines, exotic seafood and experimental cuisine.
Mumbai has always had the distinction of being the trendsetter with sailing off to Goa. Guests swimming in moonlight and feasting on delicacies on a luxury yacht is the new luxury statement. They take one beyond the been-there-done-that luxury hotels and private jets.
Some of the largest luxury yachts in the world belong to Indians — Vijay Mallya, (no surprises there) and the Ruia’s, who own a luxurious behemoth — and they host the most legendary parties ever. Mallya’s Kalizma (a vintage motor yacht) brings
memories of sparkling multi-level wooden decks gleaming in the moonlight, where our gowns sashay up and down spiral staircases into different lounges and decks. Vijaypat, Nawaz and Gautam Singhania host fabulous Champagne sundowners aboard their liner, which is designed by Gautam himself. The party starts from the barge itself and you literally feel miles away from land and reality. Nothing on terra firma ever remotely compared.
Pick a yacht
Beneteau 34.7: This 35ft sailing yacht is equipped with a kitchen, cabins and open deck area. You can try your hand at steering or relax.
Duration: 4 hours
Accomodates: 8 guests per yacht
Price: Rs 56,000 inclusive of taxes
Leopard 39: A spacious catamaran which is equipped with three bedrooms, a saloon inside and outside. There is also a trampoline in the front is perfect for relaxing.
Duration: 4 hours
Accomodates: 15 guests per boat
Price: Rs 98,000
Beneteau 7.5: A 25ft basic French sailing yacht ideal for sailing novices.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Accomodates: 6 guests
Price: Rs 12,000
Call: 2204 3970